From the moment I pulled into the discrete entrance to the Kenwood Inn and Spa, I felt like I’d returned to Tuscany.  I almost expected the friendly Concierge to welcome me with the familiar greeting — Ciao Bella. Yes, it really feels like Italy; from the honey-colored Mediterranean-style buildings to the fountains and flower-filled courtyard.

Photo: Kenwood Inn and Spa

Fragrant jasmine drips from arbors and vineyard-covered hills surround the inn.  Located in Sonoma County’s Valley of the Moon, the Kenwood Inn and Spa is one of the most intimate and romantic retreats in wine country.

You may never want to leave the gardens, pool, Jacuzzi, spa, or your elegant room. The 29 spacious rooms are lavishly decorated with antiques, fireplaces, velvet curtains, tapestries and feather beds. The exclusive, small inn has just 29 rooms.

Everywhere you go in the resort, from the piazza-style courtyard shaded by palm trees, to the coy pond, gardens or pool, you’ll be accompanied by the sound of water pouring from fountains, pools and Jacuzzis.

Ready for a soak in the large jacuzzi?

Relax by the pool or book a treatment at the Vinotherapie Spa.There are two elegant private cabanas at the pool, available as an option to both overnight guests or day visitors to the spa. Cabanas have small refrigerators stocked with beverages, including wine from local wineries, BlueTooth charging stations, and padded lounge chairs.

At happy hour guests mingle at the wine bar a complimentary wine and artisan cheese pairing. It’s offered very evening from 5-6 p.m. A small plates menu (hummus platter with vegetables, flatbread pizzas,) is also available for purchase.


If you must leave the inn, the  knowledgeable Concierge can help you shape up your entire trip with driver, restaurants, private tasting and vineyard visits. It’s no wonder the Inn has received so many awards.

Sonoma County is located only 30 miles/50 kilometers north of San Francisco and featuring more than 425 wineries, 100-plus organic farms, and 50 miles/80 kilometers of stunning Pacific Ocean coastline.

For a free visitors guide or information on hotels, wineries, events, spas, attractions, and dining in Sonoma County, visit or call +1-707-522-5800.